2023 Château du Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2023 Château du Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2023 Château du Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 98% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc.

This is the oldest property in Pomerol, with records back to 1589. The vineyards are mostly on the central plateau near Clinet and L’Eglise-Clinet. This is a weighty wine, deeply coloured and with brooding fruit. It has more bite than the 2023. Its solidity belies a wine that often gives plenty of pleasure with a little age, albeit without being especially complex. The property is owned by the Castéja family of Ch. Batailley, but the wine is less well known and can offer good value.

Drink 2028 - 2042

Our score: 16/20

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Neal Martin, Vinous87-89/100

The 2022 Domaine de l'Eglise has a simple bouquet with earthy black fruit, like the La Croix de Casse, just missing some fruit concentration and complexity. The palate is soft on the entry. It’s an easy-drinking Pomerol, but there is more weight on the mid-palate and a spicy finish. I would like a bit more grip and backbone, but it should drink well for the next decade.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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James Suckling94-95/100

Blend: 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 

Impressive freshness and succulence to the fruit flavors. Chocolatey character is backed by smooth, well-integrated tannins. Medium to full body. Plenty of dark and blue fruit on the mid-palate, leading to a firm finish. Old vines worked well here. Very structured with solid tannins.

Better than 2022

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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About this WINE

Château du Domaine de L'Église

Château du Domaine de L'Église

Domaine de L'Eglise is reputedly the oldest château and vineyard in Pomerol, this 6 hectare domaine was purchased by Emile Castéja, who owns Château Batailley and Château Trotte Vieille, in 1972. Much replanting took place and the wine, which is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, is now one of Pomerol`s smartest buys.

Previously the wine was elegant but light - nowadays the wine has more body and concentration, as a consequence of a longer maceration period as well as spending 18 months in oak barriques (65% new).

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Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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